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VOL. XLV. ISO. 13,822.
PORTLAND, OBEGON, TUESDAY, MABCH 28, 1905.
PEICE FIVE CENTS.
HE MAY MEDIATE
AIDED BY HENRY' WHITE
May Induce Italy to Bring Ene
OPINIONS OF THE DIPLOMATS
Whenever Hay Has Been Reported
ill, a Great Stroke of Diplomacy
Has Always Quickly
WASHINGTON. March 27. (Special.)
Several prominent diplomats In Washing
ton bejleve that John Hay, Secretary of
State, during- his trip to Italy, -will make
in efifprt to see -what can be done in the
way o mediation and settlement of the
war in theFar Bast. The news from the
Azores that Mr. Hay's health "was im
proved, and that he expected to return
to Washington by My 12 adds color to
The diplomats attach great importance
to the news that Henry White, the new
United States Ambassador to Italy, was
ordered, to hasten his arrival at his post.
Ur. Hay and Mr. White are -warm per
gonal friends, and the Secretary has great
confidence in Mr. White's adroitness In
It has been figured out In the diplomatic
corps here that Italy Is practically the
only country of importance in Europe
that might be expected to take part in
friendly mediation without being suspect
ed by cither Russia or Japan of ulterior
motives or hostile intent
Mr. Hay has come to be regarded al
most as a fetich by diplomats stationed
in Washington. They recall that he fre
quently has been ill. confined to his house
and inaccessible to diplomats, and half
a dozen times after these illnesses some
thing of great Importance has happened
bearing on diplomatic affairs.
THROlK&f 'SOME THIRD
Russia Will Inquire Japan's Terms,
Fearing Internal Revolution.
ST. PETERSBURG, March. 27. In of
ficial circles there Is no attempt In un
official conversations to disguise the
fact that a movemont for peace is con
sidered probable rather than possible.
In fact, it Is taken for granted that
the fundamental question has been de
cided upon, although the Czar still
hesitates to approach Japan.
In court circles it is believed to be
certain that the question will be ar
ranged by having some foreign power
approach Japan and secure her terms
of peace, transmitting them directly
to the Czar. It has been rumored for
2 hours that France has already done
this, but no official will confirm the ru
mors. It Is generally believed that the ac
tion of the Czar has been hastened by
the renewal of rioting throughout the
nation. That the situation in South
Russia is very grave is certain, and un
less the war is soon ended the terror
ists may gain the upper hand there.
Then, again, rumors are being persist
ently circulated that several of the
oldest regiments have revolted and de
fied, their officers, who have informed
them that they are destined for service
In Manchuria. This fact and the dis
like of the reservists to rallying Jo the
colors indicates that the mustering of
another large array would be a well
nigh lmposlble task and that by doing
so the government would face an over
GONE TO MEET ROJESTVENSKY
Togo's Fleet Starts to Crush Him
Before His Squadrons Unite.
SAN DAKAN, North Borneo, March 26.
(Delayed in transmission.) The belief is
general here that a conflict Is Imminent
between the Japanese fleet unaer com'
snand of Admiral Togo and the Russian
6quadron commanded by Admiral Rojest
vensky. This belief is based on a report
that has just reached here that a squad
ron of four Japanese vessels under com
mand of Admiral Dawa was oft the coast
8. week ago and sailed after a delay of
less than 24 hours from Labuan.
The Japanese vessels that entered the
Labuan harbor were tho armored cruis
ers Chltose and Kasagl and the converted
cruisers America Maru and Yamata
Maru. They arrived in the harbor on the
venlnsr of March 13- and sailed from
there early on the following morning.
While in the harbor no one was permit
ted to board the vessels from the shore
and they took aboard some supplies from
a German steamer that had been in the
harbor waiting for them for more than
a week. The quantity of the supplies
loaded was so large as to give rise to the
belief that they were not all to be con
eumed by the four vessels that entered
After the squadron had sailed a. coasting
vessel which arrived -reported passing
large fleet of warships 30 miles from La
buan, and It is "believed here that these
were the ships of the main Japanese fleet
and that the four that entered the harbor
were on a scouting expedition.
It Is believed here that the Japanese
realize that the Russian fleet intends to
wait at its Indian Ocean rendezvous until
all-of the available warships left lit Eu
ropean waters can join it and that Ro
jMtraoiicg Sll- ha sake fcfcsh, XorJ.
Vladivostok, prepared, however, to fight
any Japanese fleet that he may meet on
the -way. In order to prevent this, resi
dents here think that Admiral Togo con
templates carrying the -war to the Rus
sians and attempting to crush them be
fore the-various units of Rojestvcnsky's
fleet can be joined.
GREAT FIRE RAGING AT HARBIN
Report in Japan Tiat Russia's Re
serve Supplies Are Burning.
LONDON, March 23. Considerable ex
citement has been caused here by the
publication of a Toklo dispatch from the
correspondent of the London Dally Tele
graph, in -which he states that -word has
been received at the Japanese capital
.from the front that a Chlneso report
that a, fire which started in-Harbin last
Wednesday is still burning and that a
large section of the city and enormous
quantities of stores destined for the Rus
sian army have beon destroyed. The
report Is not confirmed from any source
and queries addressed to St. Petersburg
brought the response that nothing can be
learned there as to the truth or falsity
of the statement.
If true. It Is. likely to prove a serious
matter to General Llnevitch. as the Rus
sian commander's reserve supplies were
all stored there and it will be a very hard
task to got them replaced by the single
track line of the trans-Siberian Railroad.
The Russian forces at the front are
none too -well supplied with food and
ammunition, and another prolonged con
flict with the Japanese -would undoubtedly
exhaust all they have south of the Sun
NOW AIM AT VLADIVOSTOK
Japanese Relieve Pressure From
Llnievitch Only Cause New Alarm.
BT. PETERSBURG, March 28. (2:30 A.
ML) The impression prevalent In some
military circles that Japanese, having re
moved the possibility of the main army
In Manchuria assuming the Initiative, will-
now turn their attention to the next ob
jective of the war, is strengthened
by the Associated Press dispatch rom'
Gunshu Pass announcing the withdrawal
of the Japanese from the Immediate front
of tho Russian army for a distance of
33 miles south. It Is realized, of course,
that this may be merely a blind to cover
flanking operations, but It is not Im
probable that the Japanese, having
cleared Southern Manchuria of Russian
troops and eecured-a position whence ex
pulsion would be a long and difficult
process, may be satisfied to hold the Tie
Pass line without further extension of
While the voice of the Emperor's ad
vlsere is for peace If honorable terms are
obtainable, the government, as le tho part
of wisdom", 1b going forward with all pro
visions for the continuance of the war.
Preparations are reported to bo making
for the mobilization of five corps. It had
been understood that the -guards would
4ba retained at St. Petersburg, but some
of the officers of this crack organization
believe their services have, been requisi
tioned, and aro making preparations, to
that end. l"
There ha beon ft recrudescence of r-
oorls of a change in the head of tho War
Office. It was stated last night In a. we ll-
informed source that Lieu tenant-General
Sakharoff will leave very shortly and be
succeeded by General Ridlger, now Chief
of the Chancellory of tho War Office. It
is also reported that General Pollvanoff
will be appointed Chief of the General
Staff. Both Pollvanoff and Ridlger are of
the younger school of Generals, but have
high repute as theoreticians and adminis
trators. General Ridlger is the author of
a number of text-books .on tactics.
The government is advised that Chinese
bandits are appearing in great numbers
along the Siberian railroad and causing
interference with the train service.
READY TO iSSUE JAPANESE LOAN
Largest Financial Syndicate of New
York Will Underwrite It.
I'EW YORK, March 27. Japan's new
$160,000,000 loan probably will be formally
offered in this city on Wednesday. The
underwriting syndlca'te, which has now
been completed, will rank as the largest
ever formed in connection with the flota
tion of a foreign loan In the United
States. There are altogether 30!) mem
bers, representing prominent financial In
terests of New York, Chicago and other
A remarkable incident waa the receipt
of applications here from France. . The
amount of French subscriptions to the
American portion of the loan received to
day could not bo definitely learned, but
the bankers united In saying that they
were heavy.' No subscriptions had been
awaited from that quarter. Tho life In
surance companies will take a fifth of
the Now York portion of the Issue, or
Just how much gold will have to be
exported to settle with Japan for the
bondB will not be determined before April
The new bonds were offered for sale
today on the curb markot "when issued."
The asking price was 93 and SO was bid.
FAVORS PERMANENT ALLIANCE
Mutual Advantages to Britain and
Japan, Says London Papers.
LONDON. March 2S. Tho Daily Tel
egraph this morning editorially returns
to the subject of peace negotiations and
of the common interest of Great Brl
tain, Japan and the United States In the
Far East. The newspaper thinks that,
though such a triple alliance Is desir
able the Monroe Doctrine would prevent
America from allying herself, but as
far as Great Britain and Japan aro con
cerned there is nothing1 to prevent i
permanent offensive and defenslvo alii
ance. which, the Dally Telegraph con
tends, might induce Japan to forego
Indemnity and which, by placing at
Great Britain a disposal in India the
service of Japan's fine troops would for
ever remove the apprehensions of Rus
sian invasion of India.
The Dally Telegraph furthor says that
such a treaty, which would dale from
the conclusion of peace, would, with
the moral support of the United States
behind It. be a guarantee of the prcser
vatlon- of peace In the Far East, the
open door in China and tho development
of trade for all nations in the Orient.
Russia herself, the article says, would
reap advantages In her enormous em
plre, .which only require exploration and
DIES OF RUNNING UPSTAIRS
General's "Haste to Give Thanks for
Appointment Proves Fatal.
LONDON, March 27. Tho correspon
dent at St. Petersburg of the Times re
ports that General Dokstouroff. who
was to start tomorrow to join General
Kaulbars staff la Manchuria, died yes
terday as . the result of an apopletlo
Frank Rogers Refuses
to Solve Mystery.
SHE MAY BE. IN CHICAGO
Strange Woman Like Her Seen
With His Family.
ROGERS THINKS SHE IS DEAD
Boy's Father Says He and Miss Ely
Parted Company Soon After Dis
appearance, and Her Mind
Was Very Weak.
CHICAGO, March 27. (Special.) Despite
all pressure, Frank Rogers, who has Just
returned to Chicago after mystriously dis
appearing in company with his aunt
four years ago, refuses to tell anything
about the woman or what became of her.
All extra forces of the newspapers and
the detectives of the city and private
agencies are searching the city tonight
In the partial belief that she Is here.
Tho boy admits he has been here for
some time, living in the most disreputable
parts of the city among hobos and
A mysterious noto was delivered at the
Rogers residence shortly after noon today
by a ragged urchin, dirty and unkempt.
It is supposed to be from Miss Florence
Ely, the. missing aunt. The mysterious
boy was received In the Rogers house
and remained ten minutes. When ho came
out. ho was plied with questions.
"Did you come from Miss Ely?" he was
"Let me go or I will put a bullet through
you," was his answer.
"Do you know where she Is?"
"1 won't say. Let mo go."
The boy said he would not tell any
thing for $50,000, and he did not want
anything to gret into the-newspaperJabout
his visit. His appearancoj his face" feeing
of swarthy type," ofcn seen in xhe Italian
district, has given rise to tho gurmlsu
that Miss Ely. If In tho city, may be
in that quarter.
Miss Ely With the Family.
Charles Payne, driver of the carriage
that conveyed the Rogers family from
Evanston to the family home on
Washington boulovard, tells a sensational
story that Indicates Miss Ely was in the
carriage with tho family.
"The carriage was ordered to be at
F. Ovcrbaugh's at S:30 o'clock. I was
there on time and a thin, emaciated
woman Tan out of tho Overbaugh house
and jumped into the carriage. She or
dered me to drive around in the alley
back of the Rogers house. From all the
pictures I have seen of Miss Eiy, I
should almost bo willing to swear It was
she came out of the Ovorbaugh house.
"Well, she told me to go around in the alley
and back of the Rogers house. Frank,
his father and mother came out and
jumped in. Then tho thin, emaciated wo
man told me to drlvb fast down the street
to get away from the newspaper men."
Believed to- Be Dead.
It was learned today that Miss Ely,
at the time of her disappearance, was
suffering from a disease which her
brother. Dr. Charles F. Ely. declared
would cause her death possibly within
a year, but certainly in two years. Mr.
and Mrs. Rogers believe Miss Ely Is now
dead. Sho was far from being In robust
or even good health at the time of her
disappearance. She was suffering from an
Illness which had then been of some
duration and which, it Is said, affected her
mind in some measure.
In spite of the denials of- the family,
It Is believed that the whereabouts of
'Miss Ely Is known to some people. It
was reported today that the Chicago
police knew that Miss Ely was la Chi
cago, but this Is denied.
Miss Ely is a graduate of Vassar and
received considerable sums of money from
some mysterious refatlve In the East.
BOY'S FATHER TELLS STORY
Says Frank Parted Company With
Aunt Soon After Disappearance.
CHICAGO, March 27. The first appar-.l
cntly adequate explanation of the mys
terious disappearance of the boy, Frank
Ely Rogers, and his aunt. Miss Florence
Ely, four years ago. at Evanston, was
made tonight to a representative of the
Associated Press by James C. Rogers,
father of the boy. Though simple and
straightforward, the truth of the mystery,
according to Mr. Rogers. Is stranger than
the mSny fanciful stories that have been
written about the case. Mr. Rogers tc-!
"At the time of the disappearance my
son Frank, like many boys of his age;
was fired with a desire to run away from
home and see llfo for himself. His aunt,
a sufferer from melancholia, was about
to be placed In a sanitarium, a proceeding
to which she strongly objected. As a re
sult of these circumstances, the two left
home together and went to Buffalo. There
they separated. Miss Ely entering a large
store, apparently to do some shopping,
and leaving Frank outside. Sho had pre
viously given him a small sum of -money.
From that time until now Frank has not
seen Miss Ely and neither does he know
her whereabouts. Frank, 'following out
his ideas of seeing the country, made a
diving as best he could and has finally
!Jjwtol $ut tftfg irony- ylUwJ.
This Is tho explanation of the mystery,
as learned by me ?rom ay son, and Is
apparently the whole truth."
COUNCIL CALLS HIS BLUFF.
Asks Mayor Johnson to Prove Brib
ery Charge or Apologize.
CLEVELAND, O.. March 27. The City
Council tonight adopted a resolution call
ing upon Mayor Johnson to take his re
cent charges of bribery to the Probate
Court or the grand Jury and prove them,
or, in the event of his not being able to
do so, make an apology to the members
of the body whom he had accused. The
Mayor said he would think the matter
McMaster Must Clear His Record.
WASHINGTON, March 27. By direc
tion of tho President. Dr. Frederick
McMaster. newly appointed but still to
be commissioned American Consul at
Zanzibar, has been Informed that the
Department of State cannot enter into
the merits of his divorce case and that
he must produce evidence to show that
he Is legally divorced from the woman
who claims that he has failed to sup
port her, and that he has lived up to
the terms of tho decree, before his
commission shall be Issued to him.
Brunau Varllla at the White House.
WASHINGTON, March 27. Mr. Bru
nau Varllla, the negotiator of tho Hay
Brunau Varllla treaty and Panama's
first Minister to the United States, who
Is In this country on a visit, cilled at
the White House today to pay his re
spects to the President. He stayed
only a few minutes. He expects to be
In Washington several days. .He comes
to this country to volunteer any in
formation at his command respecting
the physical features of the Isthmian
Morton Is Hurrying Home.
WASHINGTON, March 27. Tho Dol
phin, with Secrtary Morton and party
aboard, left Guantanamo yesterday for
Havana, In order to hasten his return
to this city. Secretary Morton will dis
embark from the Dolphin at Fernan
dlna, Fla., and make the trip to this
city by ralL He Is expected to arrive
hero next Saturday and will accom
pany the President upon his trip to the
South and West. f
No Racetrack Betting In Tennessee.
NASHVILLE. Tenn., March 27. Gov
ernor Frailer today signed tho anti-race
track betting bill, prohibiting betting on
race tracks in the state. The law becomes
effective next December.
CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER
TODAY'S Rain: southerly winds.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 52
de?.; minimum. 40. Precipitation, 0.02
The War in the Far E&at.
Secretary Hay may have gone to Italy tx
start mediation. Fac l
fj&paaes fleet sails from. Borneo to meet
. Bojestvensky. Paso l.
vBuilaa belleva Japaneso Trill toon' attack.
. Vladivostok. Ps -U.
Great flrn rages at H&rl'u. lestroylng Hus
fS'rt suynlits. Pairs i
Renewed disturbances la Russia cause great
alarm. Page S.
New quarrel among English unionists on
fiscal Question. Page 3.
Kaiser welcomed to Lisbon by King and
people. Paso 4.
Pope Plus denounces attacks on church and
prays for peace. Pago 4.
Castro threatened with revolution and for
eign war. Page 4
Secretary Tart completes first step towards
representative government la Philippines.
, Page 4. '
Roosevelt and Diaz may meet on the boun
dary. Page I. '
American warship will carry home Mexican
Ambassador's body. Page 4.
Truth about effect of free trade with Philip
pines. Page 3.
Mystery surrounds fate of Miss Florence
Ely. Page 1.
Mission board denies asking for Rockefeller's
money. Page 4.
Plans complete for St, Paul Railroad, exten
sion to Pacific Coast. Page 1.
Mrs. Chadwlck sentenced to ten years; she
appeals. Page 3.
Gessler Rousseau convicted of attempted
dynamiting. Page 5.
Great municipal ownership campaign In
Chicago. Page 1.
Fortune has been waiting at San Francisco
for years for Frank I. Doe. Page 6.
Oregon Supreme Court denies rehearing to
OugUelmo, the Italian murderer. Page 6.
Seattle Is overburdened by double telephone
system and may buy one to kill the other.
Lucas may not organize a baseball team In
Spokane, says Superior Court. Page 7.
Multnomah Club will hafe charge of all
professional and amateur sports during
the. Fair. Page i.
Clackamas authorities say Burns-Barry
fight will not take place in that county:
sports declare that It wllL Page 7.
Portland and Vicinity.
Two days record of crime and accident.
Evangelists continue to arouse the Chris
tlans of Portland to renewed effort.
School Board objects to calls on children
for work not connected with the schools,
Special Panama Commissioner Bristow Is
-coming to Portland. Page 10.
Woodlawn fights the gravelplt nuisance.
Howard Gould, popular actor, has breast
bone removed by surgical operation.
Page 11. -
Longshoremen and sailors patch up a truce
so far as court proceedings are concerned.
H. S. Rowe, Willis Fisher and W. B. Glafke
announce their candidacy for Republican
nomination as Mayor. Page 11.
Woodmen of World initiate 1000 candidates.
Special examination of black sand for plat
inum and otner metals will be conducted
at the Fair. Page 14.
Those who violate the street and sidewalk
ordinances have to pay the penalty.
Page 14. 0
Ten dollars fine for keeping saloon open
after .hours. Page 14.
Civic Improvement Board keeps up the earn
palgn for a clean city. Page 9.
Alblna ferryboat Jo, 2 may be rejected by
County Commissioners. Page 10.
Pittsburg embezzler and forger, conscience-
smitten, surrenders to police. Page 9.
Three Republican organizations, all profess
ing enmity to the machine, are striving
for mastery of the local Republican field.
Commercial aad Maria.
New York slock market - opens strong, but
drops before close. Page 15,
Reports of wind In Kansas upheld Chicago
wheat market, rage id.
Oregon onions selling In San Francisco,
General belief that, crty? o schooner Klose
J &k- m. h
ONE GREAT HE
Chjcago Fights on Pub
IMMEDIATE OR NOT
Only Question on Which Great
WOULD SERVICE BE BETTER?
Harlan Is for Tentative Action,
Dunne for Immediate. Owner-
ship--People Dread More
CHICAGO. March 27. "Municipal owner
ship" Is the slogan of both. Democratic
and Republican parties in the present
campaign in Chicago, yet the candidates
are so far apart as to the application of
municipal ownership and tho time in
which it shall become effective that the
Issue, aa viewed from opposing sides,
affords plenty of fighting ground. Up to
a -week ago all the big guns of both
parties were leveled upon tho traction
issue. Then Mayor Harrison calmly
leaped Into the arena and threw tho trac
tion Issue Into the state courts. This
totally unexpected action deprived1 both
sides of their chief target. Tons of lit
erature -was made useless and campaign
orators who had been schooled all "Winter
on the traction fight fouqd themselves
without a topic
From the traction point of view, the
action of Mayor Harrison and the Coun
dl was most beneficent. It removed from
the battlefield the Chicago City Railway
and gave it at least license to live and
operate for lour or five years. Until this
action was taken It was out In the open.
unarmed -with a franchise, license or
other means of defense, with, both the
contending forces decidedly hostile to It.
'Where the Candidates Differ.
"While both candidates for Mayor. John
M. Harlan, Republican, and Edward F.
Donne, Democrat, stand for municipal
4wn-sIUn, they do not ntand on the same
platform by several points. Judge Dunne
Is an advocate of immediate municipal
ownership. He is pledged In convention
and by his speeches to proceed against
the traction companies "immediately" he
becomes Mayor. This course, if followed,
-would mean, much litigation. Immediate-
municipal ownership in Chicago is funda
mentally and physically impossible. Judge
Dunne separates ownership from opera
tion. It Is presumed that he favors tak
ing posession of the traction plants and
forcing the companies to operate them de
cently and with some regard to the
needs of the public.
Mr. Harlan, who, it may be of in
terest to know, Is a son of- the Supreme
Court Justice, also favors municipal
ownership, but wants to be sure the
people want it. He prefers to let that
important point be settled by referen
dum. He desires to consult, interview,
suggest and, if necessary, conciliate.
Judge Dunne wants to fight. Until
Mayor Harrison snatched away the
Chicago City Railway bone of conten
tlon the chief campaign, issue, by the
way Harlan stood for what was
known as the "tentative ordinance.
This provided for ultimate municipal
ownership. It had not yet been adopted
by the Council, but had been put in
shape to pass and was to be submit
,ted to the voters. If a majority voted
for It, the Mayor and Council would
proceed along that line. Suddenly, so
suddenly In fact that he took away the
breath of hl3 own followers and
knocked tho props from under the op
position, Harlan rejected the tentative
ordinance. He calmly said he would
not stand for it, but would frame and
put through a much, better one when
he became Mayor. "Within two days the
entire matter was thrown into the
state courts, thus removing, for the
time being-, this main issue from the
Experience Makes People Shudder.
While there is a constant cry for
municipal ownership, it is not from all
the people of Chicago, by many thou
sands. Taxpayers who have experiences
with municipal ownership of the water
works tremble when they think of mu
nlcipal .ownership of the traction lines.
The wretched police protection, the de
caying streets, bridges falling down or
closed for year after year; entire streets
deserted and turned over to' weeds be
cause the city will not care for them;
public buildings dropping- to pieces and
all other evidences of destruction and
decay following municipal ownership
do not tend to make friends for the
proposition among people -who give any
thought to the matter. Chicago, with all
tho Great Lakes from which to draw
her supply off water, presents the in
congruous spectacle of a city frequent
ly short of water and even the limited
supply ao tainted with sewage that it
'must be boiled to be safe. Districts of
tho city in which, the light is furnished
by tho city are frequently in darkness.
It is a scandalous fact that any'under
taking by the city costs' twice as much
and takes at least twice the time that
it would, if given over to private en
terprises. In tho end it Is about one
half as well done. For Instance a break
In the water pipes (under control of the
clty will require three or four days
to repair. In the same block, perhaps
within an hour. Supposing these breaks
both occur in front of the same resi
dence there are such instances the
householder will bo assessed perhaps
515 by the city for repairing the water
pipe, while the gas main ' will be re
paired at. the expense of the private
These examples cause people who pay
taxes to dread municipal ownership. They
fear that the traction lines would be
come a vast political machine. In Chi
cago they undoubtedly would. Employes
would be required to show loyalty to
the party in power only. As far as the
public Is concerned. It might whistle or
walk. It is felt that with the city In
control of the street railway systems.
the present service, which Is certainly
bad enough, would become infinitely
worse. As municipal affairs are now
conducted in this city there Is no doubt
the service would become as bad as pos
sible. The car service would soon be on a
par with the defective water supply, the
decaying streets, the rotten bridges and
the Inadequate light service.
Would Be Without Redress.
There Is still another point to be con
sidered. "With the police force and the
street railways both controlled by the
city, there would bo absolutely no re
dress for the citizen. At present, with
the police- hostile to tho traction com
panies, there is some hope of forcing de
cent service. "With both working toi
gether, the public would simply have to
take what it could get and say nothing
about it. Until there is a totally differ
ent municipal standard In Chicago, mu
nicipal ownership of any more of the
utilities Is something very much to be
feared. As matters now stand, there is
no hope of the city's giving anything
like as adequate service in anything as
may be obtained from private enterprise;
and the public would pay much moro for
Judge Dunne's Frenzied Finance
In his speeches JudgcDunne has prom
ised his hearers "two rides for a nickel."
If he Is sincere in this, It means bank
ruptcy for the city when It takes hold
of tho tractions. The present market
value of the car lines Is 5100,000,000. Pre
suming that the ' condemnation proceed
ings would place the same value upon
them, and that the city would expend an
additional mfiOO.000 in rehabilitating the
properties (Judge Dunne'3 figures), the
city's debt for tho car lines would be $150,-
000,000. At 5 per cent, also Judge Dunne's
estimate the city will have to pay 57,500,
000 a year Interest, or 520,543 a day. Ac
cording to the best figures, the dally total
of the lines- the city proposes to take
over Is S25.000 fares., On this basl3 2
cents would have to be taken from each
fare to meet the Interest charges. If
Judge Dunne really means to glvo two
rides for a nickel, it does not require
any strenuous mathematical calculations
to see where the city would wind up, If
proper allowance were made for a sink
ing fund that would absorb 2 cents from
very nickel taken in. It tho issue is
to be met seriously and squarely there is
not the slightest hope of reducing fares
Furthennore, tha people do not want
reduced fares. That experiment was re
cently tried in Cleveland, and tho people
would not have it. The. cars set aside
for reduced fares were hardly patronized,
while those collecting a nickel were
crowded. This plea of reduced fares ap
peals only to that portion of Chicago's
population that shouts much, rides little
or not at all and gathers Its inspiration
from frothy headlines printed In red Ink
in the afternoon papers. There Is no de
.mand for cheaper transportation, but
there is an Insistent demand for cleaner
and beter transportation.
HTW Y0EK HA2T TENDER GUARD
Former Beef Trust Employe Gives
Grand Jury Much Light.
CHICAGO, March 27. J. E. Shields, of
New York City, formerly an employe of
Armour & Co., today occupied most of
the time of tho Federal grand jury that
Is Investigating the workings of the so
called t Beef Trust. Great developments
are anticipated as a result of the testi
mony that Shields la expected to give.
It transpired tonight that much of tho
testimony previously taken by tho grand
Jury serves as schooling in regard to the
livestock and meat business in general.
Beginnlngtomorrow.lt Is rumored through
the close veil of secrecy, facts which will
prove of value In reaching a conclusion
will be given to tho grand Jury.
Mr. Shields has been guarded closely by
Secret Service officers since hl3 arrival
fom New York. Tonight he Is closely
watched over at a hotel. It is said that
Shields today underwent a severe cross
examination by District Attorney C. B.
Morrison, who has charge of the Investi
gation. WAR ON INSURANCE TRUST.
Arkansas Begins Suit Under New
LITTLE ROCK. Ark.. March 27. Attor
neyGeneral L. Rogers today instituted
the first suits under the new anti-trust
law of Arkansas. The defendants are
the German Alliance Insurance Company
and the Hartford Insurance Company of
Hartford, Conn., which aro alleged to
have transacted business in this state
since tho new law became effective last
Fdlday and to have violated the anti
compact clause of the act. The complaint
concludes with p. request for Judgment fn
the sum of 53000 against each company,
and that tho defendants right to do busi
ness in Arkansas be declared forfeited.
The Attorney-General announces that
separate and other similar suits will be
instituted for each day the companies
transact business In this state.
JOIN HANDS ACROSS THE UNE
Porposed Meeting of President Roose
velt and Diaz on Rio Grande.
LAREDO, Tex., March 27. Efforts
are being made by citizens of Laredo
to bring about a meeting between
President Roosevelt and President. Diaz
when the former comes to the South
west early in April.
In the event of a meeting being ar
ranged, the two Presidents will grasp
hands bn the Internationale boundary
over the Rio Grande River, each on his
respective side of the boundary line.
Work Reumed at Batoum.
ST. PETERSBURG. March 27. Since
the proclamation of a state of slego work:
has been resumed at Batoum. and ships
(K ftffiiR loading at the quays.
SOON WILL BU1L
St Paul's Surveys to
G08TT0 BE $100,000,000
Lower Grade Through Moun
tains Than Rivals, f
DECISION IN TWO MONTHS
Extension of 1500 Miles III Ba
Made From Evarts, South Da
kota, and Touch All Im
NEW YORK, March. 27. (Special.) Di
rectors of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul Railroad plan extending the com
pany's lines to the Pacific Coast. Final
decision on this important enterprise will
be reached within two months.
This is a prospect that has been agitat
ing "Wall street for some time, but there
have always been denials from the direc
tors of any such possibility. Conditions
that have developed recently, however,
have changed the complexion of things,
and it Is now understood that a consider
able number of the St. Paul directory are
in favor of an aggressive step to secure
some of the rich traffic that Is constantly
developing In the Northwest and In the
Pacific Coast States.
The construction "work of an extension
such as Is proposed would Involve the
building of 1500 miles of track. Surveys
and estimates have been made and on
them Is based the construction (figure, of
540,000 per mile. This includes equipment
and terminals. The sum of this expendi
ture would be 560,000,000, but It was said
today by one in a position to speak au
thoritatively that probably 5100,000,000
would be spent before the extension was
perfected. The work would probably be
gin at Evarts, in Western South Dakota.
Gong west, all of the principal tonnage
developing centers would e touched and
some new territory would be opened up.
Tho St. Paul engineers have found a
route through the mountains of consid
erably lower gradft average than that.t
the Great Northern or Northern.- Pacific.
The "Western terminus would- be at
The question of whether the construc
tion would be financed with bonds or
stock has not been decided. It Is certain
that the 525,000,000 1 unissued stock in the
Treasury will not' be used, but will be
employed In time to reimburse the com
pany for improvements, already amount
ing to 516,000,000.
PALMED 0EF FAKE ANTIQTJITrES
Professor H I Iprecht Forced to Resign
for Fooling Archaeologists
PHILADELPHIA, March 27. -Professor
Herman V. Hilprecht,.head of the
archaeological department and museum
of the University of Pennsylvania, and
a world-famous archaeologist, who has
been accused of deception, has resigned
his chair of Assyrlology. Professor
Hllprecht is charged by Rev. Dr.. John
Peters, of New York, with, having pur
chased from dealers clay tablets, which
Professor Hilprecht represented as
having been, found by himself in rulna
of the so-called "Temple Library'- In
the burled city of Nippur. Professor
Hllprecht has published illustrations
'and descriptions of these tablets.
PHILADELPHIA, March 27. The
board of trustees of the University of
Pennsylvania today held a secret meet
ing to discuss the charges preferred by
Rev. Dr. John Peters, of New York,
against Professor Herman V. Hll
precht, of the archaalogical department
of the university. Provost Harrison
said that, when the investigation is
completed, the result will be made
"When Dr. Peters several months ago
in a public statement called attention
to alleged gross inaccuracies in Dr.
Hllprecht'a book on his "Nippur" dis
coveries, Dr. Hllprecht asked for an
investigation. Several members of the
board of trustees resigned in conse
quence of the charges. It la expected
that the investigation will be com
pleted within a week.
TORNADO WIPES OUT TOWN
Two Killed and Several Injured In
Remote Place in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, MInrf., March 27. A re
port reached this city tonight that the
little town of Loulsburg In the ex
treme western portion of the state; had
been practically wiped out by a tor
nado and that seven persons had been
seriously injured. It was also stated
that from two to seven were killed, but
up to a late hour It has been impossi
ble, owing to lack of telegraph facilt
tles, to verify the latter statement.
Loulsburg Is a town of about 100 in
habitants in Las Qui Parle County and
has neither telephone nor telegraph
connection with the outside world. Re
ports from nearby towns, however,
state that three store buildings were"
entirely demolished and that every res
idence In the town was more or less
North Atlantic Fleet in Florida.
PENSAOLA, Fla.,, March 27. Th
combined North Atlantic fleet, under
command of Rear-Admiral Barker, enr
tered port this afternoon, coming from
Guantanamo for the annual maneuver
and target-practice. The Alabama, and
Illinois began firing almost immediate
ly, while the remainder of the shlpi
entered port and came to aacho-v '-